G20 Employment Ministerial meeting under the Argentine presidency
The G20 Employment Ministerial meeting under the Argentine presidency in the fora was held in Mendoza on 6-7 September 2018. The meeting concluded with an adoption of a joint declaration (in English).
The document calls for “an inclusive, fair and sustainable future of work.” It includes recommendations for addressing the gender gap, as well as the obstacles faced by people with disabilities, in particular by means of new technologies, and the employment situation of young people, among other issues.
The ministers insisted on the need for training in skills, and for setting “innovative institutional frameworks.”
They also recognized the “significant changes driven by digitalization,” such as automation and demographic transitions. “Current challenges require us to develop multidimensional responses and to put people, work and livelihoods at the heart of our strategies,” the declaration reads.
In this regard, the document puts special emphasis on skills, an issue also addressed in the declarations issued after the G20 Education Ministerial Meeting and the G20 Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting earlier in the week.
The Employment Ministerial text reads that it is therefore necessary to apply “an inclusive and lifelong learning approach” and highlights the need to improve the employment situation of young people. The document also looks into women’s participation in the labour market, with the objective of reducing the gender gap by 25% by the year 2025.
Finally, the declaration underscores the consensus reached on promoting formalization, comprehensive social protection and eradicating child labour and human trafficking.
Press-release at the Argentinian G20 presidency official web-site